Head coach of the Ivorian national team – Patrice Beaumelle has expressed dissatisfaction about the overall performance of his players notwithstanding their 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea at the Japoma Stadium in Douala on Wednesday.
Max-Alain Gradel scored the only goal of the game in the 6th minute having chanced upon a lose ball and fired from outside the box to the top right corner, beating goalkeeper Manuel Mbara Sapunga.
The Nzalang Nacional came strong into the picture right after conceding but the defensive line of Ivory Coast proved equal to their threats.
But speaking in a post match interview, Patrice Beaumelle revealed that his players decided to play expensive football instead of playing it simple:
“Equatorial Guinea has made us suffer and I am not at all surprised even if our adversary remains ourselves.
“If we learn to play simple, nothing bad can happen to us. I really liked the first 15 minutes with the fluidity, simplicity and the collective put forward.
“We did not continue to play like this, it allowed our opponent to believe in it and to deploy his game.
“It was difficult but we will hold back the victory and this group will be difficult until the end, Sierra Leone and the Equatorial Guinea are not stooges, they deserve their qualification for this competition.”